MCAT 2015 – What to expect
Beginning in the 2014/2015 cycle, applicants who have previously written the MCAT with scores of no less than 7 in Verbal Reasoning, Biological & Physical Sciences and no less than M in the Writing Sample will be able to use these scores for the next three and a half years, in keeping with current policy. The WS score will be dropped, where it advantages the applicant, to be in line with those applicants who write the tests beginning in 2013, where the WS is removed. Although the WS will be dropped, the minimum score of M for exams with the WS section will still be mandatory, as this was a requirement to ensure a valid MCAT written in 2012 or earlier. When MCAT 2015 is introduced, scores from both this version and tests in the previous format will be acceptable. View diagram.
The Admissions Committee and the College of Medicine have chosen to provide all opportunities to applicants and not disadvantage any applicant. These disadvantages may come from the costs associated with further course work or taking a second exam.
The Admissions Committee recognizes the challenges of score comparisons. The AAMC has stated that the current exam does not include all of the academic competencies of the new exam. Direct comparisons of scores for applicants who take different exams have different meaning. However, the AAMC will be providing percentile ranks for the new exam. The Admissions Committee has consulted a statistician and have been reassured that our scoring and ranking methods will be unaffected by the two different versions of exam scores.
The AAMC has published a document to assist applicants in choosing which exam to take. While the AAMC does recommend you check with the individual school requirements, it suggests that if you would like to start classes in 2018, the current exam would still be an option. The policy provided in our Applicant Information Bulletin has been that eligible scores would be valid for three and a half years. The Admissions Committee felt it would be fair to maintain this policy.
In addition, the Admissions Committee and the College of Medicine continue to believe that the MCAT is an important requirement in the admissions process. The MCAT exam provides a common metric for evaluating the academic preparation of applicants who have different course taking histories. With the new exam content, we are looking forward to discovering the benefits to our new curriculum.